Publication Order of Fountain Creek Chronicles Books
|Rekindled||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Revealed||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Remembered||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Timber Ridge Reflections Books
|From a Distance||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Beyond This Moment||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Within My Heart||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Timber Ridge Reflections||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Belmont Mansion Books
|A Lasting Impression||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Beauty So Rare||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Note Yet Unsung||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Belle Meade Plantation Books
|To Whisper Her Name||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|To Win Her Favor||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author who writes in the Christian fiction genre. Some of her awards include the Library Journal Top 5 Best Inspirational books award, the RITA Aware for Best Inspirational Romance, and the Christy Award for Best Historical RomanceShe was born in Decatur, Georgia on August 8th, 1971 to two working parents, a mother who worked as the executive of an insurance company, and a father who managed a bank. Much of her childhood was spent writing poetry and short stories, however, she never envisioned pursuing her hobby at the professional level. After graduating from the Greater Atlanta Christian School in 1979, she began studying business at Harding University. Much of this decision was attributed to her early advisors, who urged her to choose the profession as it was considered a practical livelihood.
Upon graduating from Harding University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Alexander began her business career in Atlanta, Georgia. From there, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee and worked as a customer service representative in an entry level position. She worked in the company for three years until she eventually ended up leading a team of 27 people. However, the birth of her first child and new employment opportunities for her husband brought them to the city of Greeley, Colorado.
It was in Colorado where she received some advice that would significantly alter her life. Upon a recommendation by her mother-in-law, she decided to read a book by Janette Oke. Oke is a Canadian author who focused on female protagonists. She is also a pioneer of the inspiration fiction genre of writing. Inspirational fiction is meant to be thought provoking and show characters overcoming adversity. The book clearly had a large impact on Alexander, because after reading that book, she began reading every single Christian fiction work she could possibly find.
This eventually inspired her to begin writing her own works, and she drafted her first manuscript in 2000. The book was a work of historical fiction and was entitled “As High as the Heavens”. It fared well, making it to the final round of revisions at Bethany House Publishers, but was ultimately rejected two years after its conception. This was a massive disappointment to Alexander, but she didn’t give up. If anything, it inspired her to work even harder. Despite this, she was still fraught with numerous other rejections through other publishing companies. However, she remained determined, and her second completed manuscript, “Rekindled” was picked up by Bethany House in 2004, and finally published in 2006. This launched Alexander’s professsional career.
Alexander tends to write series, however, they all function as stand-alone novels, as, in her words, “each novel is a complete story in itself”. “Rekindled” is the first novel in her Fountain Creek Chronicles, a three book series. It tells the story of Kathryn Jennings, a woman who has been married for 10 years, however her marriage, like many marriages, has not turned out how she expected. Despite this, her and her husband Larson discovered the true meanings of God’s love. Eventually one night, her husband heads out and never returns. She battles to keep their ranch, but she faces adversity at every turn. She learns stunning secrets about Larson’s past, and his difficulty separating his past from the present. His struggle to overcome his past wears continuously on their marriage. Eventually, Kathryn and Larson must discover whether or not they can look past each other’s shortcomings, and see them not as they see themselves, but as God sees them.
The novel was extremely well received and reached number eight on the Christian Booksellers Association CBA national best-sellers list by May 2006. The novel saw nine additional printings over the following four years. The other two novels in the series, “Revealed” and “Remembered” also earned similar fame. “Revealed” reached 18th place on the CBA national best-sellers list, and “Remembered” reached its fifth printing.
Upon finishing that series, Alexander began her second three book series, Timber Ride Reflections. The first novel in the series was entitled “From a Distance”. This novel takes place in the aftermath of the Civil war and follows protagonist Elizabeth Westbrook, a woman on a journey to become the first female photojournalist of the Washington Chronicle. She meet Daniel Ranslett, a hunter, as well as quiet and reserved man. The reader soon learns that he has a regrettable past that he doesn’t talk about. Elizabeth learns that Daniel is capable of helping her in her quest to take beautiful pictures of the Colorado territory, she does everything she can to enlist his help. After accidentally ruining one of the pictures that Elizabeth had taken while on her journey, he feels guilty and agrees to take her hunting so that she can photograph the wildlife around her. Shortly after beginning their journey, they both come to the conclusion that there is something more between them than they originally thought. While secluded in the wilderness, they must face their fears and inadequacies in order to be the people that God had intended them to be. The novel also features Josiah, a former slave, who must face his own demons after being victimized by the civil war.
“From a Distance” saw comparable fame to its predecessors. It peaked at 20th place on the ECPA national fiction best-seller list, and reached number 30 for all titles on Amazon in August of 2010. The sequels all placed in similar metrics.
Cullen McGrath was just an old man that wanted to stay to his self and live alone and do things to make his living. He wanted to have a farm because that was his dream and something that he wanted to do and that was the plan of him moving to Nashville. He was planning on having a better place to live and a farm but although racing was something that a lot of people there liked to do, he didn’t like it and he was standing his ground of not wanting to or ever do it.
Alexander quickly found her niche in the three interconnected novel genre. She began two more series, the Belmont Mansion novels and the Belle Meade Plantation novels. They have both seen enormous success, with the first novel of the Belle Meade Plantation series, “To Whisper Her Name” becoming a USA Today best-seller and climbing to fifth place on Amazon. As of writing the series, Alexander lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee, just a few miles from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of her works.Book Series In Order » Authors » Tamera Alexander